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Title: White House blames paperwork for delay in flights leaving Afghanistan
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URL Source: https://nypost.com/2021/09/07/white ... n-flights-leaving-afghanistan/
Published: Sep 7, 2021
Author: Mark Moore
Post Date: 2021-09-07 13:32:40 by Ada
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Views: 55
Comments: 8

White House press secretary Jen Psaki blamed incorrect paperwork for holding up flights from Afghanistan.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki acknowledged that about 100 American citizens are still in Afghanistan but wouldn’t say whether the State Department or the Taliban were responsible for holding up flights at Mazar-i-Sharif airport — blaming incorrect paperwork instead.

Speaking to reporters on Air Force One as President Biden and administration officials traveled on Tuesday to view storm damage in New York and New Jersey, Psaki was asked if reports that 100 Americans remain in Afghanistan were accurate.

“It’s just under that. I think the State Department has given numbers that as you may have seen out there reported over the weekend, there were four American citizens who were able to depart overland. That’s one of the ways that we are working with American citizens to get out of the country,” Psaki said.

Questioned about the planes sitting for days on the tarmac at the Mazar-i-Sharif airport, Psaki echoed Secretary of State Antony Blinken in blaming documentation for the delays.

“We’re working to get every single American citizen, any individual who has documentation out of the country, and I think our secretary of state also spoke to this on the ground in Qatar where he conveyed that he has not received reports … that individuals who have documentation have been stopped,” she said.

Blinken acknowledged that there was a “relatively small number” of Americans trying to leave Mazar-i-Sharif and that the Taliban were allowing US citizens and Afghan allies and their families to depart as long as they have the proper travel documents. ​

But those lacking the correct paperwork are being held up, he said.

“On these charter flights, as I mentioned, one of the challenges has been that, as we understand it, there are groups of people who are grouped together, some of whom have the appropriate travel documents — an American passport, a green card, a visa — and others do not,” Blinken said. Planes were grounded at Mazar-i-Sharif airport in northern Afghanistan on Sept. 3, 2021. Planes were grounded at Mazar-i-Sharif airport in northern Afghanistan on Sept. 3, 2021. Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Tec

“​And it’s my understanding that the Taliban has not denied exit to anyone holding a valid document, but they have said that those without valid documents at this point can’t leave. But because all of these people are grouped together, that’s meant that flights have not been allowed to go​,” he continued.

Blinken, who is in Qatar with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to thank the Gulf state’s leaders for allowing the US to use it as a hub for Americans and Afghan refugees, said the US doesn’t have access to the passenger manifests on the charter flights.

“Without personnel on the ground, we can’t verify the accuracy of manifests, the identities of passengers, flight plans, or aviation security protocols. So this is a challenge, but one we are determined to work through,” Blinken said.

The US military completed its withdrawal from the country last week, ending America’s longest war. Domestic flights resumed at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan on Sept. 3, 2021. Domestic flights resumed at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sept. 3, 2021. Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Blinken also pushed back on claims that Taliban fighters were holding Americans hostage in Afghanistan by not allowing them to leave on flights out of the country.

“We are not aware of anyone being held on an aircraft or any hostage life situation in Mazar-i-Sharif,” Blinken said during a press conference in Doha, Qatar, where he arrived Monday.​

In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) claimed the Taliban were holding Americans hostage at Mazar-i-Sharif by not allowing their flights to leave.

“In fact, we have six airplanes at Mazar-i-Sharif airport, six airplanes, with American citizens on them as I speak, also with these interpreters, and the Taliban is holding them hostage for demands right now,” said McCaul, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. ​ But an official with a non-governmental agency told Newsweek that the Taliban grounded six planes chartered by a Glenn Beck-founded charity in Mazar-i-Sharif. ​

The NGO official said more than 1,600 people, including more than 100 Americans, were expected to be evacuated on the planes, which were chartered by Mercury One from Kam Air, Afghanistan’s largest airline.

“The planes are currently empty and its passengers are still waiting in their safe houses for clearance for takeoff from the Taliban,” the official told the publication.

Another NGO official said the flights have not left because the Taliban have not given “final clearance” amid negotiations with the State Department.

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#1. To: Ada (#0)

I worked for the federal government for 35 years, always blame the paper work when they did not want to get any thing done. They always could pick up the phone and things would get done. I know I use to do it and get in trouble, but I got the job done.

Darkwing  posted on  2021-09-07   15:09:16 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Darkwing, Ada, 4um (#1)

Paperwork, my ass. They don't care if all those people die.

“ On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron. ” ~ H. L. Mencken

Lod  posted on  2021-09-07   15:53:37 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: Lod, darkwing (#2)

So it might not be the Taliban holding them "hostage".

Ada  posted on  2021-09-07   16:43:27 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: Ada, 4um (#3)

So it might not be the Taliban holding them "hostage".

That's affirm.

The light that burns twice as bright, burns half as long. - Dr. Eldon Tyrell

Godfrey Smith: Mike, I wouldn't worry. Prosperity is just around the corner.
Mike Flaherty: Yeah, it's been there a long time. I wish I knew which corner.
My Man Godfrey (1936)

Esso  posted on  2021-09-07   16:52:43 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: Lod (#2)

Paperwork, my ass. They don't care if all those people die.

In Federal government, no one will ever take the blame and all want to hog any credit given out.

Government/military is composed of three types of people, slugs, drones and climbers. I wass a drone, did my job and got the hell out.

Cynicom  posted on  2021-09-07   17:20:49 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: Cynicom (#5)

The "Taliban" wanted those people gone. State Dept. blocked it. Given your screen name, you should be cynical enough to understand what is happening.

The light that burns twice as bright, burns half as long. - Dr. Eldon Tyrell

Godfrey Smith: Mike, I wouldn't worry. Prosperity is just around the corner.
Mike Flaherty: Yeah, it's been there a long time. I wish I knew which corner.
My Man Godfrey (1936)

Esso  posted on  2021-09-07   17:25:05 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: Esso (#6)

you should be cynical enough to understand what is happening.

When it comes to government/military, I lost my virginity at age eighteen, never got it back.

Cynicom  posted on  2021-09-07   17:48:33 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#8. To: Cynicom (#7)

I'd just turned seventeen 11.22.1963.

“ On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron. ” ~ H. L. Mencken

Lod  posted on  2021-09-08   9:22:30 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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